Capstone Foster Care News

Conkers-3-300x199Foster carers across the East Midlands decided to go to Conkers for their annual Christmas day out. It was a new choice in terms of foster carer events and it didn’t disappoint!

There’s lots of things to do both indoors and outdoors throughout the year at Conkers in Derbyshire. At Christmas it becomes a Winter Wonderland. Upon arrival, our staff team, carers and children were led away by elves through the enchanted forest and the valley of Christmas lights to Santa’s woodland grotto.




The group saw reindeer and the adults settled for mince pies and mulled wine whilst the children lined up to meet Santa in his grotto.

Some decided to take a trip on the Santa Special through the runner of Discovery and others were just in time to meet the balloon modeller and watch the street entertainers.

Dave Needle, Senior Practitioner, said:

“It really went down well with children, young people and carers.We had a great turnout and we’re definitely going to plan something like this again next year.”

What our carers say

“Just wanted to say thank you for arranging the winter wonderland trip it was very good. Both ourselves and the boys thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you.”

Donna and Steve



santa6-300x200It was a very busy Christmas time for our Capstone team in the North. There were lots of activities planned for staff, carers and children, including bowling and a trip to the pantomime to see Aladdin – oh yes we did!

Christmas isn’t complete until the children meet Santa. The Capstone group did this by meeting Santa in his grotto on the Santa Express Train, usually known as theKirklees Light Railway. Santa’s elves gathered everyone in the carriages, and as the children wrote letters for Santa, the adults were treated to mince pies! It was a great day and Yvette Schmet, Regional Director, said:

“It’s a really magical moment to witness children meet Santa, and it was nothing other than a really special day. Thank you to the carers and staff who came along to all our events at Capstone this Christmas. It’s amazing to support young people and children to have a Christmas they deserve.”

What our carers had to say

“Watching children meet Santa is fantastic and taking our two foster children on this trip was one of the most exciting things that we had planned. Thanks Capstone for supporting us to take these children to meet Santa it was a fab day for us all”.

Kerry and Mark, Leeds Foster Carers


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